A-Reserve Temporary and Ephemeral Public Art

The City of South Perth is seeking Expressions of Interest from artists to convey their unique perspective and creative vision to highlight and focus attention on local green spaces within the City. 


There are no set themes, materials, forms or approaches prescribed for the A-Reserve commissions, and artists are encouraged to submit innovative proposals that will show their distinctive art practice in the best possible way at the proposed site, and/or extend their practice in new ways. Artists should propose a temporary or ephemeral work of public art that will:

  • creatively respond to, and interpret the site, enhancing the diversity and vibrancy of cultural experiences available within the City
  • intrigue, interrupt and involve the City’s community in unique ways while minimising disruption to regular activity at the reserve selected, such as seasonal sporting activity and existing reserve bookings
  • deliver a considered approach to maximising the presence of the artwork on site and its accessibility to audiences
  • be designed, fabricated and presented to be resistant to misuse and so as not to represent a risk to safety and/or property whilst at the site.

Artists should refer to the City’s Guidelines for Temporary and Ephemeral Public Art for an outline of the key considerations relevant for commissions of this kind. In particular, artists are encouraged to give early consideration to the Risk Checklist at the end of the Guidelines which will need to be completed if the concept is selected and which will inform the further development of the concept.

The sites 

The City’s 2018/19 A-Reserve commissions were displayed in reserves in Kensington and South Perth. To ensure that the City’s 2019/20 commissions are in different neighbourhoods, artists are requested to select one of the following green spaces, where they propose to deliver their artwork:

  • Hope Avenue Reserve – Salter Point
  • Andrew Thompson Reserve - Waterford
  • Ryrie Reserve - Como
  • Bradshaw/Conochie Reserve - Manning
  • Karawara Greenways - Karawara

Artists are encouraged to visit these sites at different times when they consider which site to work with. Each reserve is used by the community in different ways at different times and presents its own unique opportunities and challenges.


The City will award the commission (valued up to $10,000) to the artist whose detailed concept is evaluated most highly against the selection criteria by the selection panel.

Artists should ensure that everything required to design, create, install, display and remove their proposed artwork can be delivered in full from the available budget, and provide enough detail in their proposed budget to demonstrate that the project can be delivered as proposed.

EOI process

The A-Reserve commissions are selected via a two-stage process.

Stage One  

Artists submit an Expression of Interest in the commission, as specified below, detailing their relevant experience and expertise and providing a very high-level outline of their concept and approach to the commission.

For each commission the selection panel may shortlist up to three artists whose EOI submissions were evaluated most highly against the selection criteria. If there aren’t three viable EOIs of sufficient quality to progress with concept development, the panel may shortlist fewer artists to progress.

Stage Two

Shortlisted artists are asked to visit and familiarise themselves with the Reserve which they propose to work with, and further develop their concepts. Shortlisted artists will be paid a fee of $500 to develop a detailed concept, payable on submission of the detailed concept within the agreed timeline, and may be asked to make a presentation to the selection panel.

In the 2019/20 financial year there are two commission opportunities, each valued up to $10,000.

Key dates

EOI submissions close - 4pm, Tuesday 17 September 2019
Delivery of commissions on site within the City’s Arts, Events and Culture Season November 2019 - April 2020

Please refer to the information pack for full details.

All questions about this commission or the call for Expressions of Interest should be directed to the City of South Perth’s Arts Officer, via email publicart@southperth.wa.gov.au or on 9474 0777.

Relevant documents

A-Reserve image gallery